Will Tom Bradley Be A Head Coach Next Year?

Mike Pettigano

With the coaching carousel hitting close to home, will Tom Bradley be back at the helm of a college football program come September?

The above tweet should come as no surprise to anyone. After a year of working the radio waves, Tom Bradley, one of the best defensive coordinators in the game, is getting mentioned for at least one coaching job after Steve Addazio left Temple for Chestnut Hill and the Boston College Eagles.

Bradley, who was on Joe Paterno's staff for 31 years and who took over head coaching duties for the team's final 4 games in 2011 after Paterno was fired, is no stranger to having his name thrown around in coaching searches. After the 2010 season, his name was tied to Pitt, Temple and Connecticut, but they all went in different directions and Bradley stayed on in Happy Valley.

Now, Temple is looking for another coach. Pitt may be as well if former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst decides to head back to the Badgers after Bret Bielema took the Arkansas job yesterday (Yeah, I know he said he's not leaving Pitt, but it's a coach at Pitt and I'll believe one will stay there for more than a year when I see it). Even Kent State, who lost Darrell Hazell to Purdue as well yesterday, could be a possibility for Bradley.

Bradley, who is currently 56 years old, has one of the best resumes out there of potential replacements for head coaches, especially for the three mentioned above which are all close enough to western Pennsylvania, the area that Bradley has had on lockdown for three decades when it comes to recruiting. He seems to be enjoying himself in Pittsburgh doing radio, but you have to imagine that the itch would become unbearable for a man who coached for more than 30 years if teams started to come calling.


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